The leaders of the Moslem world are preparing to gather in Lahore, Pakistan, on Friday (22 February) to discuss ways of strengthening solidarity between Islamic States.
GV Lahore showing old buildings
GTV Islamic Secretariat buildings (2 shots)
GV & SV Punjab Assembly building where conference will be held (3 shots)
GV & CU Artist Sadequain drawing
CU Painting 'Unity on the March'
GV Shalamar Gardens being prepared (5 shots)
GV Lahore Fort where delegates will be entertained
GV Badshahi Mosque (2 shots)
GV People on steps TILT UP TO mosque
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Background: The leaders of the Moslem world are preparing to gather in Lahore, Pakistan, on Friday (22 February) to discuss ways of strengthening solidarity between Islamic States.
Some thirty Moslem nations will be represented at the second Islamic Summit Conference to run from the 22nd of February until the 24th. In this film we look at the venue of the summit conference and some sacred Islamic and historic parts of Lahore.
Massive preparations have been going on in Lahore to cater for the visiting Moslem delegates. The Punjab Assembly building and ancient Islamic buildings and parks have been renovated for the conference.
A conference of Moslem Foreign Ministers on the 19th and 20th of February will set the agenda for the Summit. The major issues are expected to range from aid to poorer Moslem countries, to the rights of the displaced Palestinian people and the liberation of Israeli-occupied Arab territories and the effects of the world energy crisis. The future of Jerusalem -- a holy city to the Moslems -- is expected to the high on the agenda.
Strict security measures are being taken. Lahore airport is to be closed for three days to commercial traffic while heads of state and other delegates arrive. An unusually-large number of federal security troops and military police have been brought into Lahore.
The first Islamic Summit conference was held at Rabat, the Moroccan capital, in September 1969. Since then there have been numerous conferences of Islamic Foreign Ministers throughout the Arab world.
King Faisal of Saudi Arabia is to lead the delegates in prayers at the Badshahi Mosque before the conference opens. The Mosque was built in the 17th Century and has the largest praying area of any mosque in the world.
The delegates will also be given a reception at the 80-acre (about 36 hectares) Shalamar Gardens built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jedan in the 17th Century. They will e entertained during the Summit Conference at the Moghul Fort of Lahore, which contains a Palace and tower built by four Moghul Emperors.
SYNOPSIS: A painting by artist Sadequain represents Islamic solidarity, It will soon be on display during the Conference. Murals by Sadequain grace many public buildings in Pakistan. He started to paint this picture five years ago.